Yesterday, Google released the much-talked and much-anticipated Pixel 7 series of smartphones. Plus, the manufacturer also uncovered the Google Pixel Watch, its first smartwatch. Of course, Google can’t compete with Apple in these two fields. The latter is the world’s second smartphone maker and doesn’t yield its position to any other brand in the wearables market. However, at the press conference, the company repeatedly mentioned Apple and iPhone 14. The Alphabet-owned company did this for concrete purposes. It just wanted to show that Apple has nothing in common with innovations.
“Pixel has always been a leader in smartphone innovation,” said Brian Rakowski, Google’s vice president of product management, speaking about Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. “We take it as a compliment when others in the industry follow our lead, like the always-on display and At a Glance, putting useful information right on your Lock Screen,” Rakowski continued, alluding to Live Activities on iOS 16 and the iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on capabilities.
“We introduced Car Crash Detection three years ago along with other important ways to keep you safe, like safety check and emergency sharing,” Rakowski said during the event. Last month, Apple introduced Car Crash Detection with the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and the latest Apple Watch models, and iOS 16 brings Safety Check to users for their own personal safety. “It’s an amazing track record of pioneering features that were first on Pixel,” Rakowski concluded.
One of the biggest conflicts between these two giants is that the Cupertino-based company doesn’t want to adopt RCS messaging. Google has previously publicly called for Apple to adopt RCS. But Apple continues to limit itself to the SMS standard and iMessage. However, everything might change over the years. We mean, before this, Apple didn’t want to use the Type-C standard. But after the latest EU bill, it will have to switch to the standard starting from 2015.
Yesterday, Google once again called for Apple to revise its approach. “RCS is the modern industry standard for messaging, and it’s already been adopted by most of the industry. We hope every device maker gets the message and adopts RCS, making texting better for every smartphone user.”